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Koschei the Deathless in Pursuit

Why does he even try? Poor foolish Ivan! He keeps coming back for Marya Morevna. It’s easy work for me to get her back from him. Just ask my steed. Ask him how fast he can run to catch them! He’ll tell you: “It is possible to sow wheat, to wait till...

Water King Who Demands a Princess

My son WILL marry Princess Martha, make no mistake about it. I’m WATER.  I ALWAYS GET MY WAY! Fetch my messenger! You know the one I mean. He’s bigger than a nail, and his beard is a foot and a half long. He’ll tell her that if she doesn’t show...

Girl in a Paper Dress

Why did my father have to take a wife? He didn’t want one. But here she is, with her nasty daughter. They torment me constantly. Now in the middle of winter, when the snow has piled high as the windows, my stepmother is ordering me to wear a paper dress and go...

Hyacinthia Who is Trapped in the Underworld

I am one of thirty young women who have been trapped underground by my father who is a powerful magician. He allows us to surface and play in the water as ducks, but then we must put on our white robes and return through the portal of the willow tree that stands by...

Underworld Maiden

In the house where I live, I serve an old grey-bearded man. I am not allowed to speak. Only the old man can speak, and his grandmother, whose snoring can be heard throughout the countryside. Not even the oxen can bellow as they pull the plow. Perhaps in the world...